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Wise Young
01-31-2006, 07:28 AM
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8 million children born every year with serious birth defects
Child Health News
Published: Tuesday, 31-Jan-2006
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According to a new report, every year an estimated 8 million children are born with a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin.

The report from the March of Dimes says in addition hundreds of thousands more are born with serious birth defects of post-conception origin due to maternal exposure to environmental agents, such as alcohol, rubella, and syphilis.

The report on birth defects, 'The Hidden Toll of Dying and Disabled Children', reveals that at least 3.3 million children less than 5 years of age die annually because of serious birth defects.

Another 3.2 million of those who survive may be mentally and physically disabled for life.

It appears that birth defects are a global problem, but their impact is particularly severe in poorer countries where more than 94 percent of births with serious defects and 95 percent of the deaths of these children occur.

In such countries birth rates are also considerably higher.

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Le Type Fran├žais
01-31-2006, 07:44 AM
I read this off Yahoo News. Sad.

Leif
01-31-2006, 08:39 AM
My understanding is that better PDG techniques along with hESC research can lower those figures.